Category Archives: Traditional Publishing

Never Give Up

Jenny Milchman wrote eight novels before finding a publisher. It took 13 years. Cover of Snow debuted in 2013 and earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal … Continue reading

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A Publisher’s View

Jessica Tribble has been Publisher of Poisoned Pen Press (PPP)  in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 2005, after enjoying the summer of 2004 as their intern. She described PPP as “one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the country.” They specialize … Continue reading

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4 Steps to a Winning Book Proposal

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Four steps is all it takes to write a proposal that will propel your novel to the best-seller list. Not so fast! Michael Hyatt is the former CEO and Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the … Continue reading

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Get Your Foot in the Publishing Door Through a Small Press

Jessica McCann says she stumbled into her writing career. I think it stumbled into her, starting with her first freelance writing gig as a senior in high school. She was invited to participate in a writing contest hosted by Barrow … Continue reading

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Be Your Best Advocate

Jana Burson is an acquisitions editor with FaithWords, which publishes books for the growing inspirational market as part of the Hachette Book Group – along with Grand Central Publishing; Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books Young Readers; Center Street; … Continue reading

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Find Fulfillment in Your Calling

Donis Casey believes that writing can be a calling—the thing you were put here on this earth to accomplish. “If you’re destined to write a symphony, or cure cancer, or raise children or write a novel, and you don’t do … Continue reading

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Life is What Happens When You’re Making Other Plans

Betty Webb is the author of the Lena Jones and the Gunn Zoo mystery series. Her most recent books are Desert Wind (from the Lena Jones series, released in January 2012) and The Lama of Death (from the Gunn Zoo … Continue reading

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Winner of 2013 Poisoned Pen Press Contest

As the winner of the 2013 Poisoned Pen Press (PPP) Discover Mystery Contest, Eileen Brady won $1,000 plus her first publishing contract. PPP will publish her novel, Dog Shows are Murder, in 2014. “When Jessica Trimble, the publisher, told me … Continue reading

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Just Keep Writing

Jenn McKinlay couldn’t believe her ears on her first day of work as a librarian. She listened politely as her new employer proudly outlined the perks of working in that library. But Jenn knew she had way too much to do for … Continue reading

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Answering the Siren’s Call

Jenny Milchman’s debut novel is Cover of Snow, a thriller released in January 2013. The story grabs you by the heart in the first chapter and doesn’t let go until the surprising conclusion. The unexplained suicide of Nora Hamilton’s cop … Continue reading

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